It is shocking how relevant a novel written decades ago can seem today – sometimes even more so than on the day that it was published. We've rounded up ten of the best classic political novels of the past, recommended for some thrilling 2011 summer reading. Update: We have added three Facebook Fan recommendations to the list.
Violent riots and looting across London resulted in burned-out buildings and hundreds of arrests. What were the origins of London’s conflagration?
A masked youth pulls a burning garbage bin set on fire by rioters in Hackney, east London, on Aug. 8. Youths set fire to shops and vehicles around London as authorities struggled to halt groups of rampaging young people enraged by the police shooting of alleged Tottenham gangster Mark Duggan.
Commemorating a day to call attention to a political cause has long been a tactic of liberals and those further out on the left. For instance, there's Labor Day, Martin Luther King Day, Earth Day, Gay Pride Day, May Day, and so on. Conservatives, by contrast, have largely stuck to fighting battles over the "true meaning" of traditional holidays observed by people of all political stripes, such as Christmas, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July. Still, conservatives have tried to come up with holidays to tout, with varying degrees of success. Here are our top five:
Some of this summer's most interesting books will pull at your heartstrings and pull you across time and space – from Beijing today to 1930s Manhattan to planet Earth in the year 2044. And that's just for starters. Here are nine of the August 2011 titles that are drawing the most enthusiastic thumbs-up from the editors at Amazon.com.
Reality television star Kim Kardashian (l.) is suing Old Navy for its ad campaign featuring model Melissa Molinaro (r.), arguing that Ms. Molinaro's appearance and style are carbon copies of Ms. Kardashian's. By that logic, she will have to sue everyone for whom Ms. Molinaro models.
Celebrities have a long tradition of entertaining troops. Actress and comedian Kathy Griffin (r.) and singer Katy Perry perform during the VH1 Divas Salute The Troops presented by the USO show at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego on Dec. 3, 2010.
Malee, a three-month old Asian elephant, cools off with a spray of water in her wading pool at the Oklahoma City Zoo in Oklahoma City on July 18. Much of the nation is in the grip of a broiling heat wave.
What's selling best in independent bookstores across America?
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (c.) meets with a family in the village of Tugnui during his visit to the Siberian republic of Buryatia.